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July brings graduation week, our favourite time of the year! For the graduating cohort it is a celebration of years of work and study, and there is a great atmosphere on campus. The alumni team have a marquee outside Congregation Hall where we spend the week meeting newly graduated alumni, giving out mugs, or just giving directions to lost parents and dazed graduands trying to find their robes.

If you have one of our graduation mugs, we'd love to see where it, and you, are now! Send us your photos, or post them on social media using #ueamugshot.

This month we bring you stories and events from around the University, and a statement from the Vice-Chancellor.


Prof David Richardson

EU referendum: Vice-Chancellor's statement to alumni

The EU referendum result still poses many questions and it will take time for the answers to become clearer. 

In the meantime we need to ensure that students and staff from other EU nations and, indeed, internationally, understand they are very welcome at UEA and will always be welcome to study and work here.


Read the full statement _


Graduation week

This year's graduation ceremonies will take place on campus from Monday 18 to Friday 22 July. You can watch the ceremonies live online, and take a stroll down memory lane with some of our archive photo albums.


Watch the ceremonies _

Global Gathering

Global Gathering 2016 - celebrate the University's anniversary at a reunion near you

On or around 29 September each year, alumni around the world get together to celebrate the University’s anniversary.

So far 23 locations are confirmed for this year, including London, Islamabad, Kathmandu, Madrid, Cameroon and Canada. 

Go to the event page on our website to see if there is one near you – and if not, why not sign up to host one? Events can be as formal or informal as you wish and the alumni team are here to offer support and publicise your reunion. To sign up as a host, or find out more, email  

Why not take a look at the photos from last year’s reunions around the world for some inspiration.


Read more about this year's events _

From the archives

In September 2014, Concrete takes a look at ‘UEA’s Honorary Class of 2014’.


Read more _


Pill organisers could cause adverse effects among elderly
Older people who switch to using pill organisers could experience adverse effects and even hospitalisation according to research from the University.

Hate crimes will not be tolerated
UEA has joined forces with Norfolk’s police and councils to warn there will be zero tolerance for hate crimes in the county following the results of the European Union referendum.

UEA research reveals why males outnumber females in bird world
Female birds ‘fly the nest’ from sparsely populated breeding sites leaving behind small groups of lonely males – according to new UEA research.


Year Abroad Scholarship Winners Celebrated

Last month students from across the University were recognised at the Year Abroad Scholarships reception, hosted by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Neil Ward. 

The recipients were presented with Scholarships rewarding academic or creative brilliance, as they ready themselves to embark on their year abroad at one of UEA's prestigious partner universities.

The event brought together donors, alumni, past recipients, academics, staff, and this year’s winners. It was a great way to send the students off in style, and to celebrate the generosity of the alumni and friends of the University, as they embark on their year abroad. Photos from the evening are here on the Alumni Association Facebook page.


Read more about the event _

   Keys to the Castle

Chair of West Japan Alumni Association visits campus

Last month alumnus Mikio Ando, chair of the UEA Alumni Association West Japan, paid a visit to campus during a holiday in Europe.

It was the first time that Mikio and his wife Mikiko had been back to the University since he was studying here back in 1981.

Keys to the Castle

Acsys and UEA 2016 Internship Programme

UEA alumnus David Meganck has provided an amazing opportunity for four current students to take up exclusive internships in China during the summer vacation period.

The four students will be recording their experiences at Acsys, so look out for an update when they return.

Keys to the Castle

Line-up revealed for Noirwich Crime Writing Festival 2016

Some of the biggest names in crime writing including Ian Rankin, Peter James, Charlie Higson and Sophie Hannah (author of the new Poirot series) are coming to the city for the third international Noirwich Crime Writing Festival.

With events taking place across the city, a killer weekend is guaranteed.
The festival kicks off with Sunday Times bestseller Peter James at Jarrold on Thursday 15 September. On the Friday, Ian Rankin headlines at UEA and events take place all day at Dragon Hall on Saturday 17 September.

The weekend rounds off with a Bloody Brunch on the Sunday, where visitors can enjoy a Bloody Mary and brunch with six sensational crime writers.


Read more _


Brexit could bring Clearing opportunities – but there are warnings

The UK referendum vote to leave the European Union is worrying for universities, but could give golden opportunities to students who need or want to use Clearing to secure a place at university.


Read more _


Alumni Mass to be held on campus

On Thursday 21 July at 7pm, the Bishop of East Anglia will be celebrating an Alumni Mass in the Multifaith Centre at UEA.

The first Alumni Mass, held during graduation week last year, proved to be a popular event. The Bishop of East Anglia visits UEA to celebrate Mass in the Multifaith Centre two or three times each year, and on this occasion will be visiting to celebrate Mass specially for alumni. All alumni, present students and staff are very welcome.

For more information contact the Catholic Chaplain, Rev Andrew Eburne on 01603 592168.


Respectful Workplaces - Cafe Conversation with Annilee Game and Roberta Fida

Thursday 14 July, 6pm 
Cafe Bar Marzano, The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1TF

A series of five informal discussion events led by lecturers and Professors from Norwich Business School at UEA. Each café will discuss aspects of wellbeing at work and how it could be improved.


Looking Beyond - family art workshop with Isabella Martin

Sunday 24 July, 2 - 4pm
Sainsbury Centre, UEA

Come along to a free drop-in family workshop which will explore how we look at art through playing games, drawing, telling stories and making maps.

Free to attend, no need to book.


Hot 8 Brass Band

Wednesday 27 July, 7.30pm
The Waterfront £16.50

New Orleans’ premier purveyors of roof raising, jazz infused, funk and hip hop fuelled marching band music, Hot 8 Brass Band can be found at the heart of a current fever for all things brass.

Check out the What's On guide by visiting for full details.


In the past month the University has sadly been informed of the death of following alumni and former staff:

Peter Cawdery (MAP67)

Dr Bill Corbett
An obituary for Dr Corbett, written by Prof Julian Andrews (ENV) can be found here.

Prof Brian Moss 

Richard White (SOC71)

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